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> "I don't have data, but there's no way that the Mac developer ecosystem is worse off than it was in the 00s."

I don't have hard data either. But ask any old Mac developer on Twitter whether they're doing better now than ten years ago, and I bet a majority would disagree.

For one thing, the rise of mobile app stores has destroyed the perceived value of software. A $50 app now seems very expensive to most, whereas it was mid-priced back in 2008. Yet the Mac App Store has failed to bring in the mass audience that would compensate for the lower unit prices.

That isn’t specific to MacOS though, you can see it happening in the Windows world as well.

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